Music

Open Mic Highlights Experiences of Women of Color

In Berkeley, the La Peña Cultural Center and the UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative hosted an open mic night on January 26 called "Empowering Women of Color Open Mic."  The event opened a three-show series intended...
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Krip Hop Nation gives disabled artists a network to share music, poetry

A group of disabled musicians, poets and other artists use their music for social justice work. Specifically, they aim to raise awareness and promote the disabled community.
Attendees belt out karaoke classics with executive order lyrics at Pro Arts Gallery.

From politics to karaoke: A bittersweet goodbye to Obama’s presidency

On Thursday night, an intimate audience gathered at Pro Arts Gallery for a show called Executive Order Karaoke. There, they sang classic karaoke songs with lyrics from President Obama's executive orders.

Bigger than ever, the Oakland Music Festival is back for nine days

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it but what if your goal is to transform it? After three years of steadily increasing attendance and growing popularity, Oakland Music Festival (OMF) CEO and founder...

Fruitvale neighborhood hosts Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebration

On May 7, people gathered in Oakland’s Fruitvale district to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory, despite the odds, against the French at the Battle in Puebla in 1862. The event, hosted...
Tale of Two Cities election special podcast

Tales of Two Cities Episode 7: Loss

  In this week’s episode of the Tales of Two Cities podcast, hosts Brad Bailey and Matt Beagle will be discussing loss, and stories about people moving on when something or someone important is taken...

Tales of Two Cities Episode 6: Music in the East Bay

Host, Brad Bailey, explores music ranging from innovative music education programs in Oakland to some of the city's most passionate Springsteen fans.